The technology behind wireless data networks in schools, homes, and businesses is on the verge of a makeover that promises to fix long-standing complaints of spotty coverage, flaky connections, and inconsistent speeds. But school technology buyers, beware: Despite the early existence of some products that claim to take advantage of the new technology, no uniform standard for its use has yet been approved.

The next generation of Wi-Fi technology promises to be so powerful that it's expected to be capable of carrying everything from internet phone calls and music to high-definition television streams over the...

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